UUCS Religious Education Classes

Sybil Argintar, Director of Religious Education at dre@uucs.org

Religious Education Connections

Each week, while we are apart, Sybil is sending RE Connections to all families, with fun activities to do together, resources for helping parents and children cope, and some music and stories related to our faith tradition and class curriculums. Below are some of the things sent to families in recent weeks. Each week Sybil will list a few more of these for the congregation to see, as another way we can stay connected to our many wonderful RE parents, children, and youth.

Curriculum Spring 2020

We have begun weekly virtual gatherings for children, youth, and parents on the Zoom platform, including a storytime and a poetry slam!  Watch for these times and links to connect in emails from Sybil.

Here are the Zooming Opportunities:

Storytime for Grades 4K – 2nd GradeMondays, 4 p.m.
We’ll read some stories together, and take time to say hi and check-in.

Poetry slam for Grades 3rd – 6thTuesdays 4 p.m.
Please pick a favorite poem, or one you’ve written, to share with the group! Then we’ll have just some social time together. Just say hi or talk some more to your friends at church!

Virtual Parent Night In Wednesdays, 8 p.m.
Get a chance to see everyone and take some time to just be together.


For Week of June 1, 2020:

Poetry and Readings for Inner Strength

I look at the world

by Langston Hughes

I look at the world
From awakening eyes in a black face—
And this is what I see:
This fenced-off narrow space
Assigned to me.

I look then at the silly walls
Through dark eyes in a dark face—
And this is what I know:
That all these walls oppression builds
Will have to go!

I look at my own body
With eyes no longer blind—
And I see that my own hands can make
The world that’s in my mind.
Then let us hurry, comrades,
The road to find.

Summer Stories and Movies for All Ages

The following list of books and movies all have an environmental focus. During the summer months we try to focus upon our 7th Principle: Respect for the Interdependent Web of All Existence of Which We Are a Part (adult version); We believe in caring for our planet Earth and every living thing that shares it with us (child’s version).

NEW: Beavers https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos/awesome-animals/#/393959491944

NEW: Eastern Gray Kangaroo https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos/amazing-animals/#/455720515523

The Lorax  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfO-3Oir-qM
Our Planet: One Planet (49 minutes)

Where the River Begins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BVW6eoe9bI
Animals Building Skills (50 minutes)

A River Ran Wild https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqS35WMrCZg
Bizarre Animal Appearances (50 minutes)

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7667jwwX00
Desert Seas (46 minutes)

Music for All Ages

Music for our Earth

NEW: Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2595abcvh2M

Earth: Believe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZlVaAMsoM8

Love Song to the Earth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSnOXbaXzfM

“Heal the World” — an incredible tribute to amazing child musicians https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6d6Yo3DwVI

Music from our hymnal

NEW: “Room At the Table” (Carrie Newcomer) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92OM5bdQ4N4&list=PLRkrENeBR1TnOeS8F9nu7cvi1gVQ5sZUQ&index=6&t=0s

“Let It Be a Dance” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zv6dxVOn1A

“Gathered Here” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enaRNnEzwi4

“Come, Sing A Song With Me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlXzilOzFuw”

General Spiritual Resources

Pandemic (A Poem by Rev. Lynn Ungar) A beautiful poem to listen to and share https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NUnCgllgW0&feature=youtu.be

Parenting In A Time of Social Distancing, from the UUA


Stories to share from UU curriculums

Preschool (Infant – 4K) class:

Available on Open Library (noted above) https://openlibrary.org

The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle

5K – 2nd grade class:

Circles of Light  https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/home/session2/60017.shtml

3rd – 5th grade class:

Crossing the Finish Line Together  https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/loveconnects/session4/161765.shtml

6th – 8th grade class:

Kadijah, First Woman of Islam  https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/bridges/workshop14/khadijah

9th – 12th grades:

A Church Divided  https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/virtueethics/workshop12/church-divided

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